However, it wasn't all smooth sailing. More than anything due to quasi user error. I disabled ntp.service w systemctl and thus helped myself in experiencing one of the most annoying, hairpulling inducing problems someone can run into when installing a gnu/nix distro. The dreaded utc and system clock tug-o-war.
Fix turned up quickly enough with some googling. Edited /etc/default/rcS and added this to the bottom of the file.
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# stop farkin w my clock
Reset the system clock in bios (and then better adjusted it in Lmde) and all is resolved. Anyway just wanted to say job well done to the Mint people behind Lmde v2.
Edit: Of course could've just re-enabled ntp but didn't want to. So there you have it and wish I'd tried cinnamon sooner, pretty slick DE.
Update: appears editing rcS per above didn't sort it after all. Clock would still go haywire periodically. So edited /etc/adjtime and changed it from UTC to LOCAL, seems to have done the trick.